Washington County Department of Social Services runs the cash assistance programs for the county. Among them include Emergency Assistance to Families (EAF), Family Assistance (FA), Safety Net (SN), Emergency Assistance to Adults (EAA), as well as Emergency Safety Net (ESN). Fort Edward based, dial (518) 746-2300.
Granville Food Pantry - This center provides groceries, food and personal care and hygiene items to Granville school district residents only. This area covered includes Granville, West Pawlet, and Wells NY.
Washington County Economic Opportunity Council is the local community action agency. It runs the the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), which can offer grants to help people pay with utility disconnect notices. Money from the program can also address with and provide eviction/foreclosure prevention. Holiday baskets and school supplies can also be provided.
Community action agencies are, as always, a great resource to call for help and information on local as well as federal government assistance programs. For example, an on site counselor can direct an individual to NY HUD foreclosure counseling. A homeowner may be able to get free foreclosure counseling. Another place for information is to get utility bill help from your energy provider.
In addition to the services above, they run the Head Start program in the county, have information on free food pantries, can offer referrals to one time rent help or grants for paying a security deposit as part of the EFSP program indicated above. Call Washington County Economic Opportunity Council at (518) 746-2390, or click more information.
Cambridge Valley Senior Citizen Center also runs a food pantry that offers food and groceries for needy Cambridge residents age 55 and older. (518) 677-8592
Argyle United Presbyterian Church offers a food pantry to local Argyle New York residents. Call the pantry at (518) 638-8072.
Fort Edward Food Pantry will help people in that community. Call (518) 747-5939
The Bread of Life Food Pantry, which is based in Hudson Falls ((518) 747-2808) provides a week's worth of groceries at no cost to eligible individuals.
Salem First United Presbyterian Church Food Pantry ((518) 854-9511) offers only food for the needy.
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